Brushing and Flossing

By Dave / September 19, 2007

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Brushing and flossing are necessary activities that must be performed daily. The purpose of of these actions is to make sure that dental plaque, which accumulates daily is removed once or more every 24 hours or so.

This can help you avoid both gum disease and tooth decay.

The dental plaque is a thin biofilm of debris, saliva, and bacteria as well as some other items.

This biofilm creates a wonderful environment for anaerobic bacteria to proliferate.

These bacteria secrete toxins that can cause both cavities and gum disease.

Unfortunately, currently accepted statistics indicate that up to as many as 80% of the adult population suffers from some form of gum disease. That could be mild gingivitis or the more severe classifications of periodontal disease.

In either case, the question begs to be asked. If brushing and flossing were enough to prevent gum disease why would 80% of adults in America have gum disease?

Therefore, I think it is fair to suspect that brushing and flossing alone might work for some people to prevent gum disease, but does not work for many others.

Additional tools may be needed. Tools such as the Hydro Floss oral irrigator and the Perio-Aid can be very helpful in controlling, preventing or fighting back gum disease.

I use both of the tools mentioned in addition to regular brushing and flossing. I can tell you that I’ve seen results from both the Hydro Floss and the Perio-Aid.

If you are suffering from gum disease, you may want to look into getting both if you don’t already have them. Look, protecting your dental health should be of primary importance to you.

First, you want to keep you natural teeth and not have an receded unattractive gum line when you smile. Second, gum disease may very well be linked to heart attack and stroke as well as low birth weight and preterm babies.

Gum disease is an insidious epidemic that all people should be aware, pay attention to and take action to either prevent or stop it.

David Snape
Author : What You Should Know about Gum Disease

PS. What you don’t know can hurt you.

* This post is for information and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to provide advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have or think you might have gum disease, visit your dentist or periodontist for advice, diagnosis and treatment. The USFDA has not evaluated statements about the products mentioned on this site, including the Hydro Floss.

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